Wednesday, March 31, 2010

as you wish!

today at work i talked to him on the phone:
yes, friends,
{from the best movie of my childhood : the princess bride.}

i've met gaga, i've met beyonce...and this made me freak out like a moron. good times in the office.
{p.s. on all costs, avoid a recent google image search. westley has...aged. wah wah}

drakes bay photoshoot : kelly

fyi...if you're friends with me, i WILL prop you on a fence involving a load of barbed wire and tell you to watch out while i take 75 photos. haha. good modeling, kel!

i can't get enough of these. so lovely.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

drakes bay photoshoot : jana

on saturday a few of my favorite ladies and i journeyed across the golden gate and through the winding trees and greenery of marin. our destination was the wildflower field over drakes bay, which is a breathtaking sight to behold.
{from star to star}

i have so many stunning photos that i'm breaking it up into a few posts,
with the gorgeous jana up first.
could we have picked a better day?

dream come true...being swallowed into a sea of flowers.
ahhh spring.

more to come...

Sunday, March 28, 2010

favorite place no. 11 : crissy field.

it's been awhile since i'd done a new "favorite" post,
but crissy field is just the right inspiration.

for the lovely stina's birthday, we had a picnic {that's us above!} right at the base of the golden gate bridge, complete with pink champagne and red velvet cupcakes.

it helped to have a warm, delicious day for bocce ball and plenty of lounging.

and check out the view back toward downtown...heaven.

this is what happens when misha borrows my camera:

after eating our feast, a hearty scattegories tournament went down:

and finally a birthday girl purple sandwich to cap it off.

oh san francisco, i just love you.
and happy birthday to the always-fabulous steen!

Friday, March 26, 2010

texas rodeo.

i learned that in houston, the rodeo is not JUST a rodeo.
it involves concerts, livestock, carnival rides, games, food...

...really, really BIG food.

we were lucky enough to visit on a perfect day.

{and even make some new 4-legged friends.}

Wednesday, March 24, 2010


today i purchased this jessica simpson dress from the ideeli sale {don't judge, she actually has really cute stuff, especially shoes!}...$49 on sale from $128? yes please! i figure i can wear it to one of the many bridal/baby showers i'll be attending this spring.

little cowgirl.

can you tell she is from texas?
every little lady needs a pink cowboy hat
{however, she will adamantly correct you that she is a cowGIRL}

Monday, March 22, 2010

texas: a brief summary.

me + my sweet niece + my dumb blackberry.
{which happens to be lily's favorite "toy".}

i miss one of these already...can you guess?

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

where i am until sunday:

tonight, right before she went to bed, my 2 year old niece was hugging me and reached out for my mom {her gma} and mumbled happily, "my whole family is all together."

so cute.
and such a good feeling.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

headshots for holly.

on saturday i met the lovely holly, a blog reader and sf-dweller like me. she needed some headshots for her website, so we wandered around north beach and found some fun backdrops for her.

{click any to see slightly clearer versions...silly blogspot.}

love the fun colors and holly's crazy gorgeous eyes {and it didn't hurt that it was probably the most beautiful day in months - yay sf}.

jumbo lattes.

my darling mary was in town this weekend
so on sunday, we headed to the oh-so-cute cafe de la presse
for some croque monsieur and enormous lattes.

seriously, they were like soup bowls! mmm. and the food was so, so delish. can't wait to go back.

after brunch we enjoyed the gorgeous weather
{and i enjoyed my new fave sunglasses*}.

*stolen from cody.

Sunday, March 14, 2010


pine to the pacific is one year old today!
blogging my photos & sf stories has become my favorite activity.
thank you, thank you, thank you for reading.

{amazing mini polka dot cake - with vanilla passion fruit filling - from chestnut bakery}

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

daisy love.

on sunday afternoon, the sun was blindingly amazing and it was the warmest day in months. i took my blanket and book to the park to lay down amongst the daisies.

could not have been more beautiful. san francisco is such a delight!

Monday, March 8, 2010


do you ladies wear hats?
i love them. especially fun orange hats or panda hats.

newest one is from urban outfitters:

apparently i made up my own way to wear it, since it doesn't look like this on their website. to each her own!

Friday, March 5, 2010


this is me right now after this nutty week:
thank goodness it's friday.
enjoy your weekend...i know i'll cherish mine!

{my fave statue from the tuileries in paris. taken in jan 2006}

Thursday, March 4, 2010

so useful.

one thing nicole always told us in photo class was to photograph our set-ups and keep our test shots. that way, later on, we could go back and look at how we created an image or lighting pattern.

i was looking back at a portrait "beauty lighting" assignment because a friend asked me to take some pictures this weekend, and i cracked up at my test shots.

to get this image {forgive the self-portrait}:

i had to use the only thing around that was remotely person-like, my ucsd bear, as my test model:

i have about 20 pictures of him, slumped over and lit in different ways. excellent. but omar is handsome, isn't he?

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

attention sf people!

i am running this on june 12th...who wants to join? currently i have a team of 5 amazing ladies {and note: we are NOT running the half marathon, we are running the 5k. trust.} but it is obviously the more the merrier.

your $40 race registration comes along with:

* Two Day Pre-Race Health and Fitness Expo
* Runner's Night during the June 11th Giants vs. A's game
* The Post Race Tail Gate Party
* FREE GIANTS GAME TICKET for Friday, June 11th for those that register early
* Race T-Shirt

biggest highlight: you finish the race by running across home plate! for a psycho like me, we're talking dream come true {ha}. and one more convincing point, it benefits Project Open Hand, an incredible sf-based community organization.

comment if you want to know our super-swanky team name so you can join us.

more info at

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

fun blog alert : new dress a day.

everyone loves a creative blog, right?

this one is called new dress a day, and it features a genius, crafty, seamstress gal taking cheap {and usually hideous} thrift store finds and turning them into one-of-a-kind amazingness.

she has given herself $365 for the year, and will ONLY buy used.

some examples of her handiwork {before & after...clearly}:
how fun and inspiring is this?? i love checking in to see what a hawaiian muumuu can become.

and full disclosure: marisa {the author} is good friends with MY good friend rosalie {hi rose!}, but i'd think she was completely awesome even if i'd stumbled across this all on my own. :)

Monday, March 1, 2010

random thoughts from a lazy blogger.

i will post real things soon. promise.
  • i am surprisingly bummed that the olympics are over. i normally don't get too jazzed about the winter games, but this year i felt the spirit to the point that i was routinely weeping at the human interest stories and/or screaming at the tv.
  • tonight's bachelor finale is hitting USA-Canada levels of excitement. and pretty sure our nation is once again standing united against our opponent {vienna = crosby with blonde extensions}.
  • mariah was OUT OF CONTROL. she can't move in her tight outfits and 6" heels, her dancers struggle to lift her in the air as the "choreography" requires, and she bitches at the band and her staff throughout the show. this, friends, was entertainment. she still sounds great though.
  • the following image of my "recent calls" will indicate just how determined roomie and i were to get la canasta tonight. yes, they have 2 numbers, and no, we would not accept defeat.